Wokingham Stakes

The Wokingham Stakes is a six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds and upwards on the final day of Royal Ascot.

It is one of the most prestigious sprint handicaps of the season, alongside the likes of the Stewards’ Cup and the Ayr Gold Cup. There have been four dual winners of the Wokingham, the most recent being Selhurstpark Flyer (1997, 1998).

Other notable winners include Petong (1984), Mac’s Fighter (1989), Iffraaj (2005), Deacon Blues (2011) and Cape Byron (2019).

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Wokingham Stakes

Race Overview – The Wokingham

The Wokingham Stakes is a flat handicap horse event held in the United Kingdom for horses aged three and above. It is held every year in June at Ascot with a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres).

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Wokingham Stakes 2023 Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Wokingham Stakes in June 2023:

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Wokingham Stakes Tips

Here are some tips for Wokingham Stakes in June 2023:

  • 2 points to win for TBC
  • 1 point each way for TBC

Some of the horses in the Wokingham Stakes will be seen in other races throughout this year. Make sure to watch the horses to see how they do or place your bets on ante-post betting.

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Famous Wokingham Stakes Winners

The Wokingham Stakes was first run in 1813 with victory going to the Duke of York’s Pointers. The first dual winner of the race was ironically named Wokingham (1881, 1882). Portland Bay (1908, 1909) and Concerto (1932, 1933) followed with only Selhurstpark Flyer (1997, 1998) managing the feat since.

There have been a number of high class sprinters of the Wokingham who have later gone on to win at Group race level. These include Petong (1984) who carried 9st 6lbs for Michael Jarvis and Bruce Raymond. The flying grey went on to win the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup.

In 2003 the race produced a dead-heat between Fayr Jag and Ratio, trained by Tim Easterby and John Hammond respectively. Although this race is one of the most competitive sprints of the season, there have been some successful gambles over the years.

Favourites won in successive seasons in 2004 and 2005 with Lafi and Iffraaj. The latter was backed down to 9-4 favourite. Another gamble was landed when Laddies Poker Two won as the 9-2 favourite for Jeremy Noseda and Johnny Murtagh in 2010.

Murtagh won again the following season aboard James Fanshawe’s Deacon Blues. That horse went on to win the Group 2 British Champions Sprint at Ascot in 2011. Bookmakers have enjoyed some long priced winners in recent years, the only winning favourite being Cape Byron in 2019.

Key Wokingham Stakes Trials

No race has emerged as a key trial for the Wokingham, although previous form at Ascot is an advantage. Ten of the last twelve winner had at least one previous outing at the track and four of them were course winners.

Most recent Wokingham winners have taken a step up in class next time. Only Deacon Blues (2011) of the last twelve winners won next time out, taking the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury. Three Wokingham winners ran in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket next time but all were unplaced. Recent history shows that it is difficult for Wokingham winners after they have been reassessed by the handicapper. Only two of the last twelve managed to win again in the same season after Royal Ascot.

Wokingham Stakes Betting Trends

Laddies Poker Two (2010) and Cape Byron (2019) are the only winning favourites in the last twelve renewals of the Wokingham Stakes. That is not surprising, given the wide open nature of the race. Deacon Blues (2011) was a well-backed second favourite but the other nine winners were all outsider the top three in the betting. The longest priced winners during that period were Dandy Boy (2012) and Bacchus (2018) who both returned at 33-1. Out Do (2017) was a 25-1 shot and Hey Jonesy (2020) returned at 18-1.

Dandy Boy carried 9st 8lbs to victory, the same weight as 2021 winner Rohaan and only 1lb less than Cape Byron, so weight is no barrier to success in this race. Indeed, nine of the last twelve winners carried 9st 1lb or more to victory.

Of those twelve, only Laddies Poker Two (95) was rated lower than 98. The highest rated winner during that time was Rohaan (112) who was also the first three-year-old to win the race since Bel Byou in 1987. Out Do was the oldest winner in modern times when winning as an eight-year-old. Ages four and five have accounted for nine of the last twelve winners.

Wokingham Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

No trainer or jockey has been able to dominate this competitive event over the years. Four trainers currently share the record of three Wokingham winners; Joe Cannon, Richard Marsh, Charles Morton and Paul Cole. The latter won it for the first time with Calibina (1977) and later scored with Queen’s Pride (1980) and Bel Byou (1987).

It is a similar story with the jockeys where seven share the record of three wins in the race; Fred Archer, Otto Madden, Harry Wragg, Jack Strett, Lester Piggott, Willie Carson and Johnny Murtagh.

Wokingham Stakes Previous Winners

Take a look at the previous winners from the Wokingham Stakes:

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1980Queen's Pride47-13Geoff BaxterPaul Cole1028 28/1
1981Great Eastern49-08Willie CarsonJohn Dunlop1016 16/1
1982Battle Hymn37-07Tony ClarkGuy Harwood1016 16/1
1983Melindra47-05Tony McGloneDavid Elsworth1007 7/1 F
1984Petong49-06Bruce RaymondMichael Jarvis1011 11/1 JF1:15.96
1985Time Machine47-12Willie CarsonPat Hughes1010 10/11:15.40
1986Touch of Grey38-08Taffy ThomasDavid Thom1020 20/11:13.48
1987Bel Byou38-03Richard QuinnPaul Cole1005.5 11/2 F1:20.00
1988Powder Blue68-05Tony IvesPeter Makin1028 28/11:14.25
1989Mac's Fighter49-12Cash AsmussenBill O'Gorman1016 16/11:14.62
1990Knight of Mercy48-06Pat EdderyRichard Hannon Sr.1016 16/11:15.31
1991Amigo Menor58-07Chris RutterDavid Murray Smith1014 14/11:14.81
1992Red Rosein68-01Gary CarterCaptain Jim Wilson1033 33/11:14.14
1993Nagida48-07Jason WeaverJames Toller1011 11/11:18.11
1994Venture Capitalist58-12John ReidRichard Hannon Sr.1020 20/11:15.38
1995Astrac48-07Seb SandersReg Akehurst1014 14/11:13.43
1996Emerging Market48-13Kevin DarleyJohn Dunlop1033 33/11:13.83
1997Selhurstpark Flyer68-09Paul RobertsJack Berry1025 25/11:15.31
1998Selhurstpark Flyer79-07Carl LowtherJack Berry1016 16/11:15.57
1999Deep Space48-07Gary CarterEd Dunlop1014 14/11:13.99
2000Harmonic Way59-06Richard HughesRoger Charlton1012 12/11:15.49
2001Nice One Clare59-03Johnny MurtaghPip Payne1007 7/1 F1:13.12
2002Capricho58-11Richard QuinnJon Akehurst1020 20/11:14.76
2003(dh)Fayr JagRatio459-069-03Willie SuppleFrankie DettoriTim EasterbyJohn Hammond1010 10/11014 14/11:12.18
2004Lafi58-13Eddie AhernDavid Nicholls1006 6/1 F1:14.15
2005Iffraaj [a]49-06Philip RobinsonMichael Jarvis1002.25 9/4 F1:08.74
2006Baltic King69-10Jimmy FortuneHughie Morrison1010 10/11:13.15
2007Dark Missile48-06William BuickAndrew Balding1022 22/11:14.91
2008Big Timer49-02Tom EavesLinda Perratt1020 20/11:14.37
2009High Standing48-12Ryan MooreWilliam Haggas1006 6/11:14.19
2010Laddies Poker Two58-11Johnny MurtaghJeremy Noseda1004.5 9/2 F1:12.27
2011Deacon Blues48-13Johnny MurtaghJames Fanshawe1007.5 15/21:16.90
2012Dandy Boy69-08Pat DobbsDavid Marnane1033 33/11:13.87
2013York Glory59-02Jamie SpencerKevin Ryan1014 14/11:13.79
2014Baccarat59-02George ChalonerRichard Fahey1009 9/11:12.09
2015Interception59-03George BakerDavid Lanigan1010 10/11:13.20
2016Outback Traveller59-01Martin HarleyRobert Cowell1010 10/11:14.05
2017Out Do88-13Daniel TudhopeDavid O'Meara1025 25/11:13.02
2018Bacchus49-06Jim CrowleyBrian Meehan1033 33/11:12.43
2019Cape Byron59-09Andrea AtzeniRoger Varian1003.5 7/2 F1:11.72
2020Hey Jonesy59-03Kevin StottKevin Ryan1018 18/11:13.49
2021Rohaan39-08Shane KellyDavid Evans1008 8/11:15.09
2022Rohaan49-12Ryan MooreDavid Evans1018 18/11:12.84
2023Saint Lawrence59-02Hollie DoyleArchie Watson1022 22/11:12.55

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Betting on the Wokingham Stakes

The Wokingham Stakes is one of the biggest betting races of the week with bookmakers offering enhanced each-way terms, sometimes down to sixth or seventh place. It is one of the toughest races of the season for punters to solve and many gambles have gone astray for the few that have been landed. A thrilling contest but perhaps one in which to spread your bets for some each-way value.

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Summary of Wokingham Stakes

Thank you for reading our Wokingham Stakes guide.

The Wokingham Stakes takes place on the same day as the Queen Alexandra Stakes and the Chesham Stakes.

Popular Questions

How long is the Wokingham Stakes?

The Wokingham Stakes is 6 furlongs long.

When is the Wokingham Stakes ran?

The Wokingham Stakes is run in June every year.

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